Saturday, February 27, 2016

WIP Marathon - February

Last check-in: figuring out chapter 3

Currently: wrote the second scene of chapter 3, but still trying to figure out the first

WIP issues this month:

I'm toying around with changing my characters' ages. It would take a long time to explain my rationale for this, but most of it has to do with maintaining a sense of consistency in the rules of inheritance. What this means, though, is that my characters, who were originally juniors in high school at the beginning of the novel, are now halfway through their senior year in chapter one and have already graduated by chapter two. This would put my novel pretty firmly in the New Adult category as opposed to YA.

The problem is that I'm not confident I can sell it as NA, mainly because there's virtually no romance. I guess I could try to sell it as adult.

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Honestly, writing has been really difficult lately, partially because of lack of time, but also because I have no idea how to re-write this book. It needs to be shorter, but every with every edit it gets longer and more complicated. I feel so overwhelmed with it.

Distractions:

I had two weeks of Labor and Delivery, which was cool but also really stressful. Then I had an exam, then a weekend in St. Louis which ended with another major car accident. (Don't drive in snow. Even if you know how to handle it, the 18-year-old in the lane next to you probably doesn't.)

Right now I'm on psychiatry, which is basically a vacation compared to most of my other rotations. I'm getting back in the habit of reading, but haven't done much writing-wise. I'm also finally getting my mental health issues under control.

Books:

Finished:
-Feed - cool premise
-Fall for Anything - it's a good book, but also slow

Currently reading:
-The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (audio) - very smart and self-aware
-The Near Witch - beautiful style
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